Worms ahoy! Yikes!
Earthworms, especially the common nightcrawler and the red marsh worm, did not exist in North America before 1492, Charles C. Mann writes in The Wall Street Journal.
To feed the demand for tobacco, English ships tied up to Virginia docks and took in barrels of rolled-up tobacco leaves. Typically 4 feet tall and 2½ feet across, each barrel weighed half a ton or more. Sailors